Mary Griffin

F, b. 13 January 1812
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Family 1: Josiah Bundy b. 13 Nov 1809, d. 21 May 1864

Family 2: Job Elliott b. s 1804


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Josiah Bundy

M, b. 13 November 1809, d. 21 May 1864
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Family: Mary Griffin b. 13 Jan 1812


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Matthew Patton

M, b. circa 1724
  • Last Edited: 15 Apr 2009
  • Biography*: Matthew Patton was born prior to ca. 1726; he was old enough to buy land in 1747. Although we do not know where he was born, he was living in Augusta County Virginia, in 1747 and during the 1750's. Matthew Patton died in Wilkes County, GA, after April 20, 1799, and prior to March 3, 1806, the date of his will and the date of the probate of his will.

    He married Elizabeth Barber, widow of George Barber deceased, in Augusta County after May 1750 and prior to May 1751. A reference to their marriage is in the 1750-1751 Fee Book of Augusta County as follows: "Page 97. Elizabeth Barber on Craig's Creek married to one Patton (1751, May), Smith's and Looney's motion for counter security" (Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, Vol. II, p. 397). John Smith and Robert Looney were securities who, on May 22, 1750, had signed Elizabeth Barber's bond as administratrix of George Barber's estate (Virginia State Library, Will Bk. I of Augusta County, 1745-1853, pp. 240, 241).

    Our source for the names of Matthew Patton's surviving children is his will, dated April 20, 1799, and the subsequent settlement of his estate beginning in 1806 (Wilkes County, GA, Will Book 1806-1808, pp. 108-110).

    The earliest county record we have for Matthew Patton is a deed in Augusta County dated Nov. 5, 1747, "between Robert Green of County of Orange of the one part and Matthew Patton of Augusta County of the other part." The consideration was 6 pds. current money of Virginia paid by Matthew Patton for a parcel of land containing 157 acres lying on the southernmost branch of the South branch of Potowmack in Augusta County being part of a tract of Land containing 2643 acres granted to Robert Green. This release for Land indented from Robert Green to Matthew Patton was proved in open court by the oaths of James Pastuer, William Russell, and Gabriel Jones at a court held for Augusta County November 18, 1747 (VA State Library, Augusta County Deed Bk. 1, 1745-1749, pp. 408-410.

    John Patton, Sr., and John Patton, Jr. were also settlers on the South Branch in 1747). In 1748 in the Augusta County "List of Delinquents in the Tax Levies," Matthew Patton was classified as delinquent because he had been "twice Charged." (Chalkley, Vol. II, p. 414. Also in the list were "Jacob Patton, not found; John Patton twice charged; Samuel Patton, twice charged." In 1753 Samuel Patton was out of the county.)

    The Augusta County Land Entry Book Number One, under date of Nov. 29, 1750, lists "Matthew Patton, 50 acres on Stoney Lick, joining the land he lives on, with one right" (Chalkley, Vol. II, p. 382). Prior to May 1751 Matthew Patton married the widow Elizabeth Barber, who lived on Craig's Creek. We have nothing to indicate whether or not Matthew Patton had been married previously. Although his given name was not written in the Fee Book when Smith and Looney, Elizabeth's bondsmen, asked for counter security because of her marriage, subsequent records and circumstances verify that it was Matthew Patton who married Elizabeth Barber, whose bond as administratrix of George Barber deceased was dated May 22, 1750.

    The £150 bond required Elizabeth to return an inventory to the county court and to make a true account of her actions and doings. She and her bondsmen signed in the presence of James Cortelet (VA State Library, Augusta County Will Book 1, 1745-1753, pp. 240, 241). "The Bill of Appraisement of Goods of George Barber deceased late of this County July ye 18th 1750" showed a total of £58.18.0. Appraisers were Henry Houlston, Robert Williams, William Terry, and Joseph Robinson. Property listed in the appraisement were his wearing clothes and riding horse (5 pds.), two brindle cows and the bells (3 pds.), one brindle cow and calf (2 pds.), a black cow and two red ones (2 pds.), four yearlings (3.10.0), one calf (0.8.0), one dark brown horse (6 pds.), one dark yearling colt (1.10.0); one brown mare and colt & two year old filly (1.10.0), three barrows and three sows (1.10.0), one plow and tackling (0.10.0) two augers and a chisel (0.2.0), a carpenters adze and saw and shoemakers pinchers (0.5.0), 2 axes (0.10.0), two weeding hoes maul? rings and wedges (0.6.0), two pots, one kettle and a spit (1.0.0), one old still (5 pds.), one gun & powder horn and shot pouch (0.12.0), one pair of stilyards? (0.7.0), cash due (6 pds.), one little sheet? (0.3.0), a bad note (one pd.), one bay mare with a star (3.10.0), one old cart (0.15.0). This property came under the control of Matthew Patton if Elizabeth still had it when they married.

    The Augusta Vestry Book for 1755 shows that Matthew Patton and William Dyer were processioners for land on the South Fork of the Branch of Patowmack (sic). They listed the land of 12 men including their own: "for John Dunkle (Corner Matthew Patton); for William Dyer, present Nicholas Hevanor; for Matthew Patton; for Matthew Patton" (Matthew Patton seemingly had two tracts of land). Then in 1767-68 John Dunkle and Michael Props processioned land "for Matthew Patton" (Chalkley, Vol. II, pp. 440, 457; also Vestry Book, p. 447).

    Matthew Patton had two deeds recorded in Augusta County, VA, which prove that he was the Matthew Patton who moved to Johnson County, NC, in the early 1760's. First, on Dec. 16 & 17, 1753, Col. James Patton of Augusta County executed deeds of lease and release to Matthew Patton of Augusta County in consideration of £ (blur),10 shillings for 266 acres by patent bearing date Nov. 3, 1750 lying in Augusta County on a branch of the James River called Craig's Creek and bounded as follows beginning at a bunch of sycamore and two hickories on the west side of the creek and running down the same north ...crossing the creek to an the beginning. Signed, Judges Patton, in presence of William Preston, Robert Williams, Jacob Patton (Augusta County Deed Bk 6, 1754-1755, pp. 152-154).

    Approximately 13 years later Matthew Patton sold this land by deeds of lease and release dated April 24 and 25, 1767. "Matthew Patton of the County of Johnson and Province of North Carolina" executed the deeds to William Rowland of Augusta County, VA, in consideration of £63 current money of Virginia for a parcel of land containing 266 acres. Matthew had bought this land from Col. James Patton by deeds of lease and release dated the 16th and 17th of Dec. 1753. The land was in Augusta County on a branch of the James River called Craig's Creek and bounded as follows: beginning at a bunch of sycamores and two hickories on the west side of the creek and running thence down the same north... (Augusta County Deed Bk 13, 1766-1767, pp. 500-502). When the estate of Col. James Patton deceased was appraised in Augusta Co., VA, Feb. 17, 1758 by Thomas Stewart, John Ramsey, and Edward Hall, they listed bonds due to the estate from Matthew Patton for land purchased Dec. 17, 1753 and from Jacob Patton for land purchased Dec. 18, 1753 (F. B. Kegley, Frontier Virginia, the Beginnings of the Southwest, the Roanoke of Colonial Days, 1740-1783, p. 89.).

    We do not know the relationship, if any, between Matthew Patton and Col. James Patton, who was killed by Indians in July 1755 at Draper's Meadow massacre. Col. James Patton did not mention a son Matthew in his will in 1750. Matthew Patton acquired land in Johnson County, NC, where a survey for him was dated Sept. 22, 1762. George Barber's and Samuel Orr's names were on the plat as chain bearers for the survey, and Charles Young signed his own name to the plat as surveyor. "Surveyed for Matthew Paten (sic) a Tract of Land Containing Six hundred acres lying in Johnson County on the Great Branch Joining Smith's line including his own Improvement Beginning at a pine Running south 240 poles to a white oak, Thence East 400 poles to a white oak, thence North 240 poles to a white oak, thence a right line to the beginning."

    The General Index to Grantee Deeds, Johnson County, NC, has two references to Matthew Patton's 600-acre grant lying on the Great Branch (Vol 14, p.241, and Vol. D-1, p.212, Johnson County, NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, General Index to Deeds and Land Grants, 1762-1936, LDS Microfilm 019212). In Johnson County, N.C., in the January Court of 1765, Matthew Patton's deed was ordered to be recorded (Johnson County, NC, Deed Book D-1, p. 212, LDS Microfilm 019212). "Hon. John Earl Granville to Matthew Patton Jan. 1, 176?. This indenture. . . between the Rt. Hon. John Earl Granville of Kingdom of Great Britain of the one part and Matthew Patton of Johnson County and province of North Carolina of the other part wit: for and in consideration of ten shillings Sterling money to the Hon. Earl Granville in hand paid by the said Matthew Patton at or before the sealing of these presents. . . a tract or parcel of land in province aforesaid on the Great Branch joining Smith's line including his own improvements beginning at a pine running South 240 poles to a white oak thence east 400 poles to a white oak, North 240 poles to a white oak, thence a right line to the beginning . . . containing 600 acres of land with all woods egress . . . . To have and to hold to the said Matthew Patton his heirs forever . . . to pay yearly every year to the said Earl Granville yearly rent of 24 shillings due March 25 and Sept. 29 every year. (Signed) Granville By Thomas Child, Halifax, Sept. 3. 1763, Proved: Joseph (or James) Montfort, William Lucas. Nineteen years later in Wake County, NC, on March 7, 1782, another Grant to Matthew Patton was ordered to be registered: Matthew Patton, 200 acres, Grant No. 432 (Wynette Parks Haun, Johnson County Court Minutes, 1759 through 1766, Book I, and Johnson County Court Minutes, 1767-1777, p. 203).

    In Johnson County, North Carolina, Matthew Patton's name occurs at least eight times in the minutes of the Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Initially, on the third Tuesday in July 1761 in Johnson County, NC, Matthew Patton was one of sixteen men who were "ordered for a Jury to lay out said road" leading from the house of John Gyles Thomas to the Johnson court house. (Haun, Min. Bk I, pp. 68-36). Next, on Oct. 17, 1764, "in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third," Mathu Patten (sic) was listed as one of the twelve Petit Jurors (Min Bk I, p. 196-101). Then on Jan. 22, 1766, Matthew Patton again served on the petit jury (Min Bk I, p. 238-122). Fourth, on Jan. 22, 1766, Matthew Patton was one of twelve jurors appointed to lay out a road "leading from the long leafed pine to Isaac Hills plantation" (Min Bk I, p. 230-118). The next year on Jan. 22, 1767, the court "ordered that Matheu Patens (sic) mark be recorded which is half moon under each ear" (Min Bk I, p. 258-132). The sixth time his name occurred was when the court ordered that Mathew Patton be appointed constable in the room of Robert Orr (Min Bk II, p. 44-151). Three months later, May 24, 1768, the court "ordered that Mathew Patton be appointed overseer of a road in the room of Robert Orr" (Min Bk II, p. 53-156). Finally, on Aug. 11, 1770, Mathew Patton and eleven others "being a Jury Impaneled & Sworn Give there Verdict that the Defendant was not committed to Goal" (Min Bk II, p. 123-89).

    Approximately one year later, in 1771, Matthew Patton's land and his brother Jacob's land in Johnson County was cut off to the eastern side of the newly organized Wake County. With no discernible break in Matthew Patton's civic activities, he worked as usual in the new Wake County, where, on June 4, 1771, the court ordered that Matthew Pattern (sic) be continued overseer of a road (Wake County, Min Bk A-1, p. 3-3). Later, on March 9, 1774, Matthew Patton was ordered to continue as overseer of the road whereof he formerly was overseer (Wake Co. Min Bk A-1 , 1771-1776, pp. 65-69). On June 5, 1777, the court "ordered that Matthew Patton be overseer from Walnut Creek Bridge to White Oak Swamp" (Wake Co. Minute Bk I, 1777-1784, p.l3). Next, on Dec. 4, 1777, only six months later, the court ordered that Matthew Patton be overseer of the road from Curtis' Path to the Flat Rock, and that Hugh Ecttor oversee the road from Flat Rock to the county line (Wake Co. Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 38). The county line meant Johnson County. The last court order for Matthew pertaining to roads was dated Sept. 5, 1783, which shows that he had resigned as overseer prior to that date (Wake Co. Minute Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 282). The court ordered "that the following persons be added to the road that Matthew Patton was overseer of to wit" (five men listed) and that Aaron Sugg be overseer of said road in the room of Matthew Patton. On June 6, 1771, Mathew Patten's (sic) mark, a half moon under each ear, was recorded in the new county (Wake Co. Minute Bk A-1, p. 7-17). Incidentally, his son, Thomas, recorded his mark at the same time.

    On the first Thursday in March 1772, Mattw. Pattorn (sic) was one of 12 jurors impaneled and sworn (Wake Co. Minute Bk A-1, p. 29-61).

    On March 4, 1773, Matthew Patton was on the jury in the suit of Isham O'Neal against John Jones (Minute Bk A-1, p. 57-61). The next day, March 5, 1773, when the court "ordered that a Jury be Summoned to attend this day several of the others disappearing," Matthew Patton once again served as a juror (Wake Co. Minute Bk A-1, p. 58-62. Only three jurors disappeared).

    Then, on March 7, 1774, Matthew Patton was ordered to continue as overseer of the road whereof he formerly was overseer (Wake Co. Minute Bk A-1, p. 65-69). At the March Term of Court in 1775, "the Processioners appointed to Procession the Lands within Capt. Samuel Pearson's District have pursuant to an Order of the Inferior Count of Wake County made Procession of the Same as is underwritten (Wake Co. Minute Bk A-1, p. 114-118). #56. Matthew Patton, 600 acres, the land whereon he now dwells in Wake County. Matthew Patton inspected at least one site for a proposed grist mill. On Wednesday, March 3, 1779, when Lewis Pool came into court and petitioned for leave to build a public water grist mill on the Great Branch, the court ordered that the petition lay over until the next court and that Matthew Patton and John Hutchings lay off and value one acre of land adjoining the stream on the opposite side to where the petitioner owns land and report to the next court (Wake Co. Minute Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 99).

    Matthew Patton witnessed at least one deed and one will for neighbors. On March 6, 1780, Joshua Sugg and Matthew Patton, witnesses to the will of Robert Orr deceased, came into court and proved the will by their oaths (Wake Co. Minute Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 135). Then, on May 12, 1780, when Thomas Busbey executed a deed to Samuel Holliway for 200 fires on White Oak Creek, the witnesses were Matthew Patton and Solomon Patton (Joseph W. Watson, Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Wake County, NC, 1785-1802, p. 21 in Deed Book G).

    In Wake County court minutes from June 1777 through March 3, 1784, Matthew Patton was mentioned eight times in connection with juries. First, "on the third Monday in February in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight and in the Second year of our Independence" Matthew Patton was number five in a list of 28 men who were summoned to attend the next Inferior Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Wake Co. Minute Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 51). Then, on Dec. 4, 1780, Mathew Patton was one of 32 men ordered to attend the next County Court as jurors (Min Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 170). Next, on March 6, 1780, Matthew Patton was one of 30 men ordered to attend the next county court as jurors (Min Bk I, 1777-1?84, p. 229). As it turned out, however, at the next court on Dec. 2, 1782, Matthew Patton and 22 of the other men were "ordered to be fined nisi for not appearing as Jurors being legally summoned" (Wake Co., Min Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 232). The following day, Dec. 3, 1782, Matthew Patton and 15 other jurors who had been fined nisi for not appearing the first day of this term as jurors came into court and made an excuse for their delinquency to the court's satisfaction (Min Bk I, p. 234). Then Matthew Patton and 17 other men were "appointed a Grand Jury" Three months later, March 7, 1783, Matthew Patton and 29 other men were ordered to attend the next county court "then and there to Serve as Jurors" (Wake Co. Min Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 254). On June 3, 1783, three months later, Matthew Patton was one of 18 men who qualified to serve on the Grand Jury (Min Bk I, p. 261). The last jury call for Matthew Patton in Wake County was on March 1, 1784, when he was ordered to attend the next court as a juror (Wake Co. NC, Min Bk I, 1777-1784, p. 309).

    In Wake County Court Minute Book II, 1787-1792, Matthew Patton's name occurs only two times. First, on March 6, 1787, Matthew's deed to Green Rogers "was in open Court duly proved by the oath of Halley Dupree, a witness thereto" (Min Bk II, p. 315-5). This indenture which Matthew Patton executed to Green Rogers was dated Feb. 15, 1786, in consideration of 60 lbs. for 200 acres situated on branches of White Oak Creek adjoining the old lines of Hugh Ector and Halleway, it being part of a tract granted by the state of North Carolina to Thomas Bushey and from said Bushey conveyed to Sam'l Holleway, and by virtue of an execution obtained against said Holleway, was sold at public Auction to said Matthew Patton. Witnesses were Haly Dupree and James Hinton (Wake Co. Deeds, Bk H, p.69). Indeed, the sheriff, Nathaniel Jones, had executed a deed to Matthew Patton on Feb. 12, 1785, for the tract of 200 acres sold at public auction in consideration of 13 lbs. in silver and gold (Wake Co. Deeds, Bk G, p.35). The second time Matthew's name occurred in Wake County Minute Book II was on June 9, 1790, when Matthew Pattern's (sic) deed to James Peters was proved by the oath of Joshua Sugg (Wake Co. Minute Bk II, p. 420-41). Even so, we did not find this deed in Watson's Abstracts . . . .

    In 1775 the processioners had credited Matthew Patton with 600 acres whereon he lived, and his land grant in 1762 had been for 600 acres on the Great Branch. Moreover, we found no grantor deeds whereby he sold his 600 acres unless the indenture that was proved by Joshua Sugg on June 9, 1790, conveyed this land to James Peters. We did not find in Watson's Abstracts either Matthew as the grantor or James Peters as the grantee. Perhaps neither Patton nor Peters recorded this deed in Wake County.

    As a matter-of-fact, Matthew was living in Wilkes County, Georgia, at the time this deed was proved in court in Wake County, North Carolina. Quite significantly, however, a bill of sale executed by James Peters to "Matthew Patton of Wilkes County, GA" was dated Jan. 2, 1790, and was recorded in Wake County, NC in Deed Book H, but was not proved in court, according to Watson's Abstracts and Haun's Court Minutes 1787-1792. Perhaps Matthew Patton and James Peters exchanged slaves for land. Be that as it may, this significant bill of sale is a positive link between the Matthew Patton of Wake County, NC and the Matthew Patton of Wilkes County, GA (Wake Co. Deeds, Bk H, p.520).

    Watson's abstract of this bill of sale: "James Peters of Wake County bill of sale to Matthew Patton of Wilkes County, Georgia, Jan. 2, 1790, for 190 pds. current money three Negroes, to wit, one Negro woman about twenty-five years of age named Sarah; one yellow Negro girl about five years of age named Harriet; and one Negro girl about two gears of age named Matilda, who is Sarah's daughter. Wit: William Walton, Lewis Pool."

    Matthew still owned these slaves when he wrote his will April 20, 1799, in Wilkes Co., GA. On June 1, 1806, Samuel Patton, Sr. bought Sarah; Solomon Patton bought Matilda; Rebecca Winfrey bought Harriet.

    Although Matthew Patton himself did not move to Wilkes County, Georgia, until five or six years after the end of the Revolutionary War, he and his brother Jacob and his son Thomas did go into the ceded Indian lands in the Province of Georgia where all three of them submitted applications for headright land grants located in territory that became Wilkes County, Ga., four years later in 1777. Their applications submitted in 1773 for headright surveys which were copied in Greene County, GA in 1971 by Clara Park are quoted below. This was a rebound book in the courthouse at Greensboro, GA. [Page 8 in the original record; page 20 page 39 in pencil at the bottom of this typescript] Page 8. Wrightsborough, Nov 8th 1773 Jacob Patton by his brother, a wife, 7 daughters and 6 Negroes, 100 acres at Pistol Creek upon Trading path 5 miles from ye River, on proving his rights and Sein- the conditions 2.0.0, Immediate Settlement Edward Barnard security 20.0.0 [Page 9 in original record; page 21 typed at top of transcript; page 41 in pencil at bottom of transcript] Page 9. Broad River, 16th November 1773 Matthew Patton from North Carolina, a wife, two sons and one daughter from 19 to 12 years of age, 200 acres on South side Long Creek on a Branch above the first fork joining Clarke wagon road on the upper side, Reserved for eight months. Paid Edward Barnard & Commissrs. 4.0.0. [Page 10 in original record; page 21 typed at top of transcript; page 41 in pencil at bottom of transcript] Page 10. November 16th, 1773 Thomas Patton a wife 100 acres on Richland Creek North side Broad River, beginning at Lampikers Cabin and to run down the creek, Reserved for eight months, Paid Edward Barnard & Commissrs. 2.0.0 These applications, accepted and issued by the Province of Georgia in November 1773, indicate that Jacob, Matthew, and Thomas Patton had selected for themselves specific tracts in the ceded Indian lands that could be reserved for at least eight months if they so desired. Thus, their need to actually live on their headright land could have been postponed until the latter part of 1774 when military and political uncertainty were already prevalent.

    Since the first shots of the Revolutionary War were in April 1775 at Lexington and Concord (with ensuing years of distraction), time limits on headright applications were not generally observed. Indications are that Jacob Patton and Thomas Patton moved to Georgia very soon after having submitted their applications and were living in Wilkes County during the war years. In fact, Jacob Patton died there ca. 1778, leaving his widow Jane and seven daughters.

    Matthew Patton, however, delayed moving permanently to Georgia until five years or so after the end of the war. Even so, Matthew did not necessarily forfeit his 1773 headright application for 200 acres on Long Creek because the Act of June 7, 1777 (when Wilkes County was organized) and the Act of January 23, 1780 "recognized the fact that many colonial and State records had been lost or destroyed during the war and stipulated that, despite their loss, those persons who could produce some proof of an application for survey, or an agreement to purchase, or settlement under any Colonial law or grant, would be entitled to confirming grants." A feature of the Acts, which was followed in every subsequent Act, was that a man would be entitled to 200 acres as his own headright plus an additional fifty acres for his wife, each child, and each slave, but that in no event could the total grant exceed 1,000 acres. Only a very few surveys were ever made under the Acts of 1777 and 1780, and the first grant of land based on any such surveys was not signed and issued until Oct. 22, 1783 (Georgia Surveyor General Dept., a 15-page brochure prepared by the Ga. Surveyor General Dept., Archives and Records Building, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, Ben. W. Fortson, Jr., No date of publication, pp. 2,3).

    The plat for Matthew Patton's 450 acres on Long Creek in Wilkes County, was dated April 25, 1784. The caption in the plat book beside the diagram of Matthew's land is written as follows: Warrant dated 25th April 1784 Executed 2nd July 1784 by Basil Lamar D. S., Scale 20 chains to one Inch. The plat shows that people owning land adjoining Matthew Patton's land were Thomas Patton, George Barber, Spencer Crane, Glass, J. Willis, and Wm. Bailey. Page 281 in the plat book.

    The earliest tax record we have of Matthew Patton in Wilkes County, GA is for the year 1793 in Freeman's District, where Matthew was assessed for four Negroes and 450 acres of quality two land on Long Creek adjoining George Barber, and one poll tax (Wilkes Co. Tax Digests 1787, 1792-93, 1801, 1806, 1812; LDS Film 159194. This film was partly illegible; thus, he might have paid taxes in earlier years). George Barber was Matthew Patton's step-son. Long Creek is the boundary between Wilkes and Oglethorpe Counties.

    In 1794 Matthew paid taxes for seven Negroes, 450 acres on Long Creek joining Henry Jossey, and one poll.

    In 1805 Matthew paid taxes for 12 Negroes, 450 acres of quality three land on Long Creek joining S. Crain; the grant was to M. Patton. Beginning in 1806, taxes on this land were assessed in the name of Solomon Patton, who inherited the 450 acres from his father.

    On May 1, 1801, in Oglethorpe County, Matthew Patton executed a deed to Ambrose Barber for 200 acres on Mack's Creek, a tributary to the northwest part of Long Creek (0glethorpe Co. GA, Deed Bk D, p. 41). This indicates that Matthew Patton had owned land in Wilkes County that became part of Oglethorpe County in 1793.

    In Wilkes County, Matthew Patton registered as Number 1262 for the Land Lottery in 1805, but he did not draw a prize.

    On April 20, 1799 (1798) Matthew Patton dated his will, which was proved in court on March 3, 1806 (Wilkes Co., Record of Wills 1806-1808, pp. 108-110; LDS film 163529). His will is quoted below: In the name of God Amen. I MATHEW PATTEN of Wilkes County State of Georgia finding myself in good health and Sound memory Do make this my last will and Testament revoking all Wills whatever theretofore by me made. In the first place I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came and there to be decently Entered. And after my debts and Funeral Charges are Paid my will is as followeth To wit: ITEM. I give and bequeath to my son SOLOMON PATTON the Land whereon I live and all my plantation Tools of every Sort Likewise my Black Smith's Tools To Him and his Heirs forever. ITEM. I give and bequeath of my son SAMUEL PATTON my Negro Boy named LOTT to him and his heirs forever. After which my will is that my Executors whom I shall nominate and appoint hereafter shall divide the balance of my Estate into four Equal divisions or parcels which may be Evened or Equaled by adding some Stock which shall be at the discretion of the Executors my desire is that they shall make Each Lot of Equal Value according to your judgment. After which my will is that my son THOMAS PATTON and my daughter REBEKAH WIMPEY, my son SAMUEL PATTEN my son SOLOMON PATTON shall draw lots for choice of Parcels and whatever Parcel falls to my three sons, To wit THOMAS SAMUEL and SOLOMON PATTON the Effects or article that composes them I give and bequeath to them and their heirs forever. ITEM. My will is and I do hereby give and bequeath to my daughter REBEKAH WIMPEY the Effects and articles that composes the lot or parcel she draws during her lifetime and at her death that part of my Estate she draws shall be Equally divided among the children of the said REBEKAH WIMPEY. ITEM. My will is that my Executors shall be paid Two Dollars Each of them per day for the time they lose and Trouble they are at to be paid by my Legatees. ITEM. My will is and I do Hereby appoint Wm. Henderson, George Barber & Christopher Orr to Execute this my last will and Testament given under my hand and seal 20th Day of April One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-nine. Signed Mathew Patton. Test: Ignatius Rains Senr, Henry Rains, Ignatius Rains Junr. Recorded July 30, 1806.

    The appraisement of Matthew Patton's estate in Wilkes County dated June 1, 1806, and recorded Nov. 13, 1807, shows that he had 12 slaves livestock, farming tools, and household items that were valued at $4,824.91 (Wilkes Co, GA, Loose Estate Records of Matthew Patton deceased, Retrieval Information: 242/7, 11 pages following folder #1370). From Oglethorpe County, we have one reference to the estate of Matthew Patton deceased. This was on Jan. 18, 1808, at which time the Estate of Matthew Patton deceased sued John Alexander and William Pye for debt. When Jury Number Two returned a verdict in favor of Matthew Patton's estate, the defendants were required to pay the estate $45 and costs and interest (0glethorpe Co.. Ga., Inferior Court Min Bk 2, p. 251, LDS Microfilm 158740). At Matthew's estate sale on Dec. 18, 1806, John Alexander had bought a horse for $45. Perhaps William Pye was his surety.

    We suggest that Matthew's wife Elizabeth died before he prepared his will in 1799 since he did not mention her by name. Indeed, his registration prior to the Land Lottery drawing held in 1805 supports the implication that Matthew's wife Elizabeth predeceased him since he was allowed only "one draw" when he registered sometime between 1803 and 1805. One draw means that he was an unmarried male over 21 years old. Thus, Matthew's widow to whom the executors gave $139 worth of property quite possibly married him after he registered for the 1805 drawing and after he had prepared his will. Matthew Patton lived to be approximately 80 years old. He is known to have lived in Augusta County, Virginia, in Wake County, North Carolina, and in Wilkes County, Georgia.
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1724
  • (Groom) Marriage*: circa 1750; Augusta Co., Virginia; Bride=Elizabeth (?)

Family: Elizabeth (?) b. s 1726

Elizabeth (?)

F, b. say 1726
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2001

Family: Matthew Patton b. c 1724

Thomas Patton

M, b. circa 1752
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Catherine (?) b. s 1754

Catherine (?)

F, b. say 1754
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2001
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Groom=Thomas Patton
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • Married Name: Patton
  • (Child) Birth*: say 1754

Family: Thomas Patton b. c 1752

Samuel Patton

M, b. circa 1754, d. circa 1822
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Mary Powell b. c 1756

Mary Powell

F, b. circa 1756
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Samuel Patton b. c 1754, d. c 1822

Solomon Patton

M, b. circa 1757, d. circa 1813
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family 1: (?) (?) b. s 1759, d. b 1805

Family 2: Lydia Orr b. c 1787

(?) (?)

F, b. say 1759, d. before 1805
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  • (Child) Birth*: say 1759
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Groom=Solomon Patton
  • (Deceased) Death*: before 1805

Family: Solomon Patton b. c 1757, d. c 1813

Lydia Orr

F, b. circa 1787
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Solomon Patton b. c 1757, d. c 1813

Rebecca Patton

F, b. circa 1760
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: William Winfrey b. c 1758

William Winfrey

M, b. circa 1758
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Rebecca Patton b. c 1760